Chaanan Network Conducts Youth Dialogue on Promotion of Political and Social Dialogue to Reduce Political Bias

Faisalabad, July 5, 2024: FAFEN’s Chaanan Network conducted a youth dialogue in May and June 2024 in various regions of Punjab including Sialkot, Kasur, Narowal, Gujrat, and Faisalabad. The dialogue aimed at promoting political and social dialogues to reduce political bias in the regions. It also aimed to get the practical issues faced by the youth, affiliated with different political parties, and get their input and ideas to improve youth participation in the political arena.

The dialogue engaged as many as 283 youth members including 152 young men and 131 young women, who participated in the discussion on political polarization, disliking and liking politicians, and the role of youth in shaping the national political discourse. The participants actively participated in the discussion and shared that youth can play their role as citizens by keeping an eye on the development and governance process of the country. Involving youth in budget and policy discussions is essential to foster dialogue and address youth-related issues. Youth are also active as political activists and can play an important role in promoting diversity in cultural and social activities apart from politics.

As a result of the discussions, the participants agreed on a charter of demand to be shared with the political parties that can support youth participation in the political system. The political and social dialogue in the region has laid a robust foundation for addressing the pressing issues faced by youth in Pakistan. By articulating their demands and engaging with stakeholders, young participants have demonstrated a proactive approach towards shaping their futures. These dialogues not only highlighted critical needs like educational access and employment opportunities but also underscored the importance of youth participation in local governance. Moving forward, sustained efforts and collaboration between Chaanan Network and FAFEN will be essential in translating these discussions into concrete actions that enhance youth empowerment and foster sustainable development initiatives.